Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Spent the last ten days in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This was my 7th trip to Buenos Aires over the past 15 years, but the first time I took a camera with me. Just one film body (M4) and one lens (50/2 rigid), as minimalistic as it gets. Amazing city, flooded with light and heat in the middle of the summer on the southern hemisphere!

What better way to start a thread about Argentina with pictures of tango dancers in a public square in San Telmo:







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Man vs Nature:

This gigantic steel flower opens its pedals when the sun comes up, follows the sun’s movement, and closes its pedals at night. Quite the sight!



Why do most man-made objects have right angles and sharp edges? The tree does its own thing.



Sharp edges, right angles, everywhere — except the oval head of the living creature!



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Trees:

Amazing trees everywhere! The gigantic Gomero trees in Recoleta are particularly impressive due to their sizes and long horizontal beaches. They’ve been plated by monks around 200 years ago.







Two living organism, each with its own pace: Motorcyclist: 30 miles per hour, tree: 10 cm per year. Who will win?

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Skies:

I love taking pictures of clouds, particularly in Argentina due to the lack of contrails (not much air traffic), dramatic clouds when the winds blows from the Antarctic, and the abundance of beautiful statues in the parks.











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Kids:

I have given up taking pictures of kids in the U.S. due to too many unpleasant encounters with paranoid parents. Not a problem in Argentina, each time I took pictures of kids the parents smiled at me.







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Symmetry:

Is perfect symmetry too much of a good thing?











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Some street scenes:

The memories about the Islas Malvinas War (Falkland Islands) is present everywhere.















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Great stuff, really enjoyed going through them!
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Great stuff, really enjoyed going through them!
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This one is my favorite of this series, her eyes behind the toy gun looking at your lens... great image.

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Symmetry:

Is perfect symmetry too much of a good thing?

I think it's just this side of perfect symmetry, close but not there, therefore it works for me.

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Some street scenes:
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This one may be my overall favorite, strong composition and her floating above the black and white tiles, gorgeous.

With all the positive comments so far a few thought from a digital bw camera user: I think you might expose a little bit more generous, you are lacking true white. Or the contrast in developing is a little too low.

And obviously it's been a mistake not taking your camera with you on your earlier trips to Buenos Aires.

Thanks for sharing your images, great stuff.
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Thanks for your feedback, Klaus, much appreciated!

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I think you might expose a little bit more generous, you are lacking true white. Or the contrast in developing is a little too low.
I've had this peculiar issues for a while now when I convert 16-bit b&w TIF files to 8-bit JPEGs in Photoshop CC 2018. The TIFs looks perfectly fine but the JPEGs are darker.
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Thanks for your feedback, Klaus, much appreciated!


I've had this peculiar issues for a while now when I convert 16-bit b&w TIF files to 8-bit JPEGs in Photoshop CC 2018. The TIFs looks perfectly fine but the JPEGs are darker.
you're doing the adjustments in prophoto or adobe RGB color space and not converting to sRGB for jpg's for posting
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Enjoyed your pictures, too!
Much impression in Pics and words.
A great series with character.
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Most interesting series, well done. And it demonstrates clearly that one camera and one lens can be sufficient!
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it demonstrates clearly that one camera and one lens can be sufficient!
Agreed, even though I have to admit that I struggled with the 50mm lens. Just not my thing, I wish I had taken my 21mm Super Angulon instead of the 50mm Rigid.
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Thanks for this thread, most enjoyable. I agree with earlier comments, including Klaus's (icebear's) favourite.
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Great photos! I'm not a big B&W fan but yours have lots of character, very good. Any tips for photography in buenos aires? I'll be passing through there soon
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Lot of good scenes, and people photos. You travel well with that combination.


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This is the first time I have seen this ... dated Jan 2018...where have I been, lol

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beautiful shots! the dancers in Plaza Dorrego are my favorites.
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Very nice series. Thanks for sharing.
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Very entertaining. And pleasing RF BW photography.
Some shots are classic.
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Thank you all for your positive and encouraging comments! My wife and I decided today that we'll move to Buenos Aires for a few months next year. So exciting and I can't wait to pack my camera and a LOT of film!
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just discover this thread via another on going one.
very much enjoyed series.
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Went on another trip to Argentina. First we went to Ushuaia, Terra del Fuego, from there to el Calafate to see and hike on glaciers in the Andes, and then to Buenos Aires for culture. I only take one camera / one lens on each of my trips. This time I took my new to me M4 black paint, a 35/2 Summicron, and a bag of FP-4. Traveling light!

Enjoy!

Terra del Fuego or the "End of the World" is simply amazing: seeing the snow covered Andes drop into the ocean and all the wildlife (penguins, sea lions, Albatros whales), is stunning.




We went hiking on this glacier. Quite scary, I can tell you, looking down into the crevasse and jumping over them! But the reward was the glass of whiskey with glacier ice cubes at the end of the hike.
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"The butcher" is my favorite photo.
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I waited 1/2 hour for a stray dog to walk through the composition, but none came and I gave up. Later that day dogs followed my all over town.


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5.1, 9.1 and 9.5. This is where photography happened. IMO.
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I am seriously impressed and delighted. It's been an inspiring treat to see your images. Only once have I been to BA, and that was in 2001, long before I took up photography, but I remember the city being extraordinarily clean. You caught some details that are simply sublime, beauty in the small things. Thanks a lot for posting!!
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Thank you for your kind word, Francisco!
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Another grand trip, with photos to match!


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One more. This is a composite of three different 35mm Summicron frames, stitched together in Photoshop. Not easy to scan because of the huge dynamic range of the negatives with pitch black mountains and the slightly overexposed sun-lit glacier against the Sun. Look for the people in the foreground for scale to give you an idea how huge the glacier is: 4km wide and 25km long! The glacier is in equilibrium (doesn't melt) because it snows every single day where the glacier starts 25km away from my vantage point.

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